What Will Be The Big Stories of 2009?

As 2008 draws to a close, it’s time to look ahead to 2009. Next week we’ll have stories looking at some hot topics in the coming year. But first we’d like to hear from you: what do you think will be the hot trends in the data center world in 2009? Share your predictions in the comments. (Note: comments are moderated, so there may be a short delay before your comments appear.)

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Capital equipment budgets will take a trimming, and legacy hardware is going to be expected to put in a few more years before replacement. Many will revisit the old repair vs. replace debate and find that in many cases it will be much more economical and less disruptive to just fix the things that break. I'm already seeing a surge in tape drive repairs as the funds intended to buy fancy replacement equipment dry up.

  2. Bob Lobsiger

    Those that can afford to build will focus on energy saving designs. I see hot/cold aisle containment or chimney rack use grow to increase HVAC efficiency. Increase use of colo sites as corps pull back expansion or new DC builds.

  3. Container based computing will see prime time in 2009. The energy efficiency, scalability, and cost both short and long term means saving money now and well into the future. If you can cut your electric bill by 30%, what does that equate to monthly/quarterly/annually. The biggest issue is where to plug them in but that issue is being solved too with access to power and water being rolled out regionally by different companies.

  4. I think many colo customers are going to be rethinking their colo strategies, up to and including bringing core functions in-house. That will force the larger colo companies to re-think pricing models...and that can go any of a few different ways! Smaller companies will hold out longer before moving core services off-site, larger companies will be holding off on expansion plans, and the giants are going to move towards containers. Net, Net...I see an exciting year. Certainly a the return of contractors handling work that is normally done by internal staff. I know one thing for sure...it will be exciting!